Ahmad Brooks will be badly missed by Green Bay Packers on Sunday

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2017

Does that mean the Packers defense is ready for the challenge this time around? In that contest, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the Falcons playmakers seemed to do whatever they wanted against the Packers defense.

The ejection received criticism from many, including Fox analyst and former National Football League head of officiating Mike Pereira, who said the replays never showed Lane drawing a punch toward Adams.

But McCarthy didn't want anyone disparaging Gunter's efforts for the Packers. So thin were the Packers at the end of last season that Gunter, an undrafted rookie at the time, was their No. 1 cornerback in all three playoff games.

Green Bay's defense had a terrific debut, especially considering how bad the Packers were against the pass last season.

"I think our roster moves reflect what we need to do just moving forward with what we felt was best for the team", McCarthy said. Some thought he had a future as a slot cornerback, which is why his release revealed a fundamental change in the Packers' approach on defense. He played all but two defensive snaps in week 1.

"You have to play every play", Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said of the Falcons.

Atlanta has won two straight after Green Bay took four consecutive games from the Falcons between 2011-14.

Interestingly enough, three of five staffers here at Packers Wire picked the Falcons, while Tim Weaver of the Falcons Wire predicted a Packers win. Green Bay drafted Kevin King and signed Davon House in the offseason to add depth at cornerback. One of the best quarterbacks in the NFL can do more than just sling the football.

Quotable: "When I've got time to sit back there and kind of evaluate things, I've got all the confidence in the world that our guys outside are going to win", Bradford told ESPN.com after the win.

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If there's a worry, it is the defense looked good because of Seattle's offense, which is far from explosive.

Atlanta struggled badly against a small, quick back in Chicago, and the Bears didn't neglect their explosive weapon because he can't pass-block.

Matt Ryan drove the Falcons for a game winning touchdown in the final minute during the 2016 regular season, a 33-32 final and we all remember what happened in the NFC Championship game last January, a humbling 44-21 beatdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham was completely shut down (three catches for eight yards), and more than half of wide receiver Doug Baldwin's team-high 63 receiving yards were the result of a single deep throw on that aforementioned 74-yard drive.

(Was the offensive line taxed the most in the Seattle game?) "Well, they'll never admit it".

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following the Week 1 loss that he was disappointed the play would have "such magnitude on the game", and that he was looking forward to the NFL's response to Lane's ejection.

"He did have to play through some", he said.

"Guys are healthy", Randall said. "They've got speed and big-play players and you have to account for them". That's like taking Julio and their other receivers out and saying, 'All right, now score.' Everything's going to be quite a bit different.

October 27, 2013, at the Metrodome - Peterson gained 83 total yards (60 rushing, 23 receiving) and a TD as the Packers rolled to a 44-31 Sunday night triumph.

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